GIVE YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF BLACK EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING.

Enroll your child in Freedom Schools Literacy Academy, where they will be instructed by Black teachers who can mirror their limitless future. 

We’ve designed our curriculum so each young scholar experiences the warmth of belonging, joy of learning, racial pride and academic confidence as they make leaps in literacy. 

See how each day begins with harmabee, a call-and-response welcome to our learning space.

FREEDOM SCHOOLS LITERACY ACADEMY IN ACTION

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Learn more about Freedom Schools Literacy Academy.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

All young scholars must be rising K-2nd graders and available to participate virtually or in-person over five weeks during the summer. We encourage families to register early as there are limited spots. Dates, locations and application links will be released in in Spring 2024.

WHEN AND IN WHICH CITIES DO YOU OPERATE?

Freedom Schools Literacy Academy currently operates at select schools in Philadelphia, PA; Memphis, TN and Detroit, MI.

Check back in January 2024 for summer enrollment information, including virtual programming.

WHAT CURRICULA DO YOU USE?

Our young scholars (K-3rd graders) benefit from an integration of best practices from the Children’s Defense Fund and Philadelphia Freedom Schools with a culturally-responsive, affirming and sustaining early-literacy curriculum.

HOW MUCH WILL MY CHILD LEARN?

2022 REPORT HIGHLIGHTS:

Majority of young scholars (83%) improved one or more reading levels. Students also significantly improved their ability to read whole words. 

Over the five week summer program, we also saw increases in their ability to make correct letter sounds and read with fluency. Positive racial identity also increased among all participants.

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WHAT PARENTS SAY

“Some of us didn’t fully understand the benefits of our children having Black teachers. That all changed after our children attended the Freedom School Literacy Academy.”

“If I could be of any help with Freedom Schools, please let me know. Other than that, it’s been real and please keep going!”

“I really like that different people step up to be site leads. I like that students from college and high school get an internship experience in education. I like that scholars get to do fun stuff.”

“The closing celebration was especially good this year. I appreciate it and all the hard work that was put into it. ”

“Witnessing how much more our children were learning – and how much more they were enjoying their learning – has made the value clear of our Black children having Black teachers – who look like them, love on them, and take the utmost care in teaching them.”